Become a Companion

Homeless or sleeping rough?

If you are interested in joining our Community, please ask your keyworker, day centre or night shelter to refer you to us. However, please be aware that we usually have a waiting list, and it might be some weeks before a vacancy arises, so we are rarely able to offer someone a room within days.

We take referrals from homeless agencies, probation services, healthcare professionals – anyone who cares enough to want to help someone improve their life. We are always happy to send out referral packs, show you around or talk on the phone – we are keen to extend our network of agencies and organisations in this field.

Admissions policy

Our success depends on creating and maintaining a stable community and therefore before anyone is accepted detailed assessments of need and risk are undertaken. Emmaus South Lambeth will take applicants who present with complex problems provided the Community as a whole is able to support them.

The overriding principles in deciding on admission are:

• whether the community can provide a safe environment for the applicant, the community and others and

• whether the community can meet the needs and offer appropriate support to an applicant.

The Community is fully committed to an equal opportunities policy and will not discriminate on the grounds of the grounds of gender, marital status, age, race, colour, nationality, ethnic or national origin, religion or belief, political opinion, disability, sexual orientation or past criminal convictions except as stated in these criteria unless it can be shown to be justified.

• Applicants must be over 18.

• The Community is licensed for single occupancy and preference will be given to single applicants. We are not able to accept children.

• Applicants must not have any serious mental health issues.

• Applicants must not use drugs or have active alcohol addiction. Applicants will be considered who have recently undertaken a detox programme but conditions may be imposed.

• Applicants must be willing to work as a volunteer full time and to the best of their ability.

Please read our community policies before completing a referral form. If the person being referred does not have access to public funds (benefits, such as JSA), we have two Solidarity Places for which they might qualify, but there might also be a waiting list for these places.

Please phone the Community Leader (020 8761 4340) to discuss this before making a referral.

Our referral form is available here – please fill one out and send it to the Community Leader or post it to:

The Community Leader
9 Knight’s Hill
London SE27 0HS.